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‘Star Wars’ technology against superbugs

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A doctor examines a child who is infected with hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) at a hospital in Hefei, Anhui province, China. A good hand and surface disinfectant is an essential item for every household especially when there is an outbreak of infectious diseases such as HFMD. Reuters

The clock ticks on. Everything changes with time. Even the smallest of lives: bacteria and viruses developed themselves in order to survive the test of time. While the simplest bugs have evolved to become superbugs in this millennium, some of our ‘artilleries’ in the warfare against these smallest yet dangerous lives on earth remain unchanged over the past 60 years.

The hype on the attack of ‘meat eating bacteria’ triggered a short-lived excitement that soon faded away. But that in no way implies that it has ended abruptly. They shall strike again with increasing strength and frequency. The final blow shall be the hardest. If it happens, many lives shall be lost before we find a way to halt the massacre of mankind. Perhaps, we may be a step too late. The result then could be disastrous. Mankind could perish like the prehistoric dinosaurs that once reigned gloriously on earth. This may sound fictional but we can’t rule out the possibility of it becoming a reality.

Throughout the history of mankind, politics and money play an important part in the decision-making process. Money is the ‘opium’ of the human mind and politics create power that corrupts. These twin evils often rein clandestinely in the human mind. Thus, many important decisions are made erroneously by intelligent but corrupted minds, much to the detriment of mankind. Indeed, this is rather sad but true.

In the fight against infectious diseases and the superbugs in this century, we are still using the outdated alcohol. This archaic hand and surface disinfectant was introduced out of desperation about 60 years ago when there was significant media attention and pressure on the UK government to solve the problem of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) superbugs. It was portrayed as the answer to stop the spread of these dangerous superbugs though there was insufficient efficacy data to support the claim. Nonetheless, alcohol conveniently established itself to this day as the traditional hand disinfectant that is erroneously believed to be effective. Recent research has however proven categorically that alcohol does not have the persistent bacterial kill that is displayed by a 5th generation Silane Quaternary Ammonium Compound (SiQAC).

During the swine flu epidemic, SiQAC hand disinfectant was used in UK’s National Health Service (NHS) specialist centres set up to deal with patients who displayed the symptoms. In a speech shortly afterwards, Lord Warner, the then health minister stated, “The scientific evidence proves that persistent products mark a step-change in the fight against swine flu pandemic. The long-lasting nature of the product, combined with its safety, means that persistent hygiene products have the potential to revolutionise the way we deal with flu and superbugs.”

There has been a great deal written about alternatives to alcohol, including the use of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds. Sadly, for some reasons, to this day, SiQAC has never successfully replaced alcohol as the preferred hand disinfectant.

Fortunately, I am one of the few doctors to have met and received continuous guidance from Dr. Andrew Kemp from UK, who is the leading scientist in infection control and prevention. From his latest article published in Clinical Service Journal just a month ago, Dr. Kemp clearly demonstrated the superiority of the 5th generation Silane Quaternary Ammonium Compound (SiQAC) over alcohol gel or solution. The study looked at bacteria counts on the hands before disinfecting, immediately after disinfecting, 5 minutes after disinfecting and 1 hour after disinfecting. The study conclusively demonstrated that the bacteria count dropped to about 20 percent immediately after disinfecting with alcohol, then rises quickly to about 50 percent at 5 minutes and overshot the original counts to about 110 to 200 percent at 1 hour after disinfecting. On the contrary, on the hand that was treated with 5th generation SiQAC, the bacteria counts remained consistently low at about 4 percent at 5 minutes and about 1 percent at 1 hour
after disinfecting.

This data clearly demonstrates that the 5th generation SiQAC hand disinfectant is far more effective in producing a sustained low bacterial count as compared with the outdated alcohol gel and solution that was introduced six decades ago.

Q-shield, the 5th generation SiQAC registered trade name, is the latest hand disinfectant that stays on the hands for 24 hours to continuously kill bacteria and viruses including superbugs. It kills microbes by electrocution and piercing them physically with its tightly packed microscopic sword-like structures. This ‘miracle mist’ forms a lasting protective shield with uncountable number of ‘micro-swords’ and unlimited auto-triggered ‘micro-electric-shocks’ on our hands. What a “Star Wars” technology against the unseen yet dangerous enemies!

The current outbreak of hand foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Penang where I stay has prompted me to change my intended topic to this one, so that I can highlight the effective measure in the control and prevention of such infection at an opportune time. Around 1,824 persons out of the island population of about 800,000 were infected as of July 15. That works out to about 2.3 persons every 1,000. Twenty-nine premises including 8 primary schools were ordered to close.

It is worthwhile to note that the spread of infectious bacteria and viruses are largely due to surface contamination. We touch on the contaminated shared surfaces such as dollar notes, computer keyboards, keypads of lifts, rails of elevators and biometric fingerprint scanners etc. every now and then. And we can’t be washing our hands every moment.

We certainly need a good hand and surface disinfectant that can protect us against bacteria, viruses and superbugs continuously all day long. Q-shield answers to this essential need. This is an advance technology that should replace the use of alcohol in our defence against the dangerous, unseen enemies that are all around us. Q-Shield is an essential item for every household especially when there is an outbreak of infectious diseases such as HFMD, acute viral conjunctivitis (sore eyes), chickenpox, acute gastroenteritis, etc.

Q-Shield is a wide spectrum anti-microbes and to date, there are no known microbes that are resistant to it.

My next column will be on “The ‘helicopter’ in the stomach”.

Dr. Victor Ti, MD, MFAM (Malaysia), FRACGP (Australia), Dip P Dermatology (UK), Dip STDs/AIDS (Thailand), Dip. AARAM (USA), LCP of Aesthetic Med.(Malaysia) is an experienced expat specialist generalist (Family Physician) of BH Clinic, Phnom Penh. As a specialist generalist, he is skillful at diagnosing all general diseases, excluding the sinister ones. Apart from the general diseases, Dr. Victor is also known for his skills in skin diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, minor surgery and aesthetic medicine. He can be contacted via email [email protected] Tel: 023900446 or Whatsapp: +60164122977

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